Paw Paw School District Might Drop Redskins Next Week

Mar 5, 2020

Credit Lindsey Smith / Michigan Radio

PAW PAW, Mich. (AP) — The leader of a school district in southwestern Michigan will recommend that the Redskins nickname be dropped.

Paw Paw Superintendent Rick Reo said he will take the message to the school board on March 9.

Reo says the nickname is an obstacle to welcoming all students. Reo joined the district in 2018, first as high school principal and now superintendent.

The Paw Paw board voted in 2017 to keep the nickname and mascot.

The American Civil Liberties Union last year asked the U.S. Education Department to investigate a “racially hostile environment” for Native American students at Paw Paw's high school.